Get to know your Coach - Mitch Thorne Under 16's
If you haven’t met Mitch Thorne you might have heard of him at least. He’s the man that coached the Under 16’s div 4 Hawks to victory last season, coming home with the Premiership flag. He’s a mad Collingwood supporter, and father to 2 girls, but he’s also one of the Hawks greatest assets.
Match played footy as a kid in Melbourne, until he moved to Sandgate in 88 and played in the Under 17’s. He stayed at Sandgate til 96, and then had a stint in the Whitsundays for 5 years. Eventually he returned to Sandgate as Assistant Coach, while also playing thirds & super rules. Mitch has coached the Under 14’s & Under 12’s, and then coached again last year when his Under 16’s div 4 won the grand final.
Mitch has an all-encompassing philosophy for the coming year.
“The best part of playing football is the comradery – however successful you are with that, is how successful you are as a team. I try to bring to the kids a belief that winning a premiership is great, but having mates at the end of the game is greater. The joy in singing the victory song as a team means a lot to me.”
When looking to the year ahead, Mitch is confident that the Hawks can go back to back.
“A big focus this year is the boys’ skills, I want them to improve out of sight, but mostly it’s about team building and team bonding. I’ll be working with a good support team to focus on specialised groups to make sure those skills are being honed and perfected.”
“With a new batch of different players and a new division to contend with the year will not be easy. A lot of the boys will be evolving as individuals and as a team. By building on comradery from the start of the season, I want these boys to become men and I think I can gain enough respect to make them strong men."
“Back to back premiership flags are always the plan, but first & foremost, I want them to know that I don’t give up on them.”
The preseason will start in the New Year for the Under 16’s
“It’s been a big year, so we won’t start until after Christmas. Everyone needs a break from 3 days work each week. Straight after the New Year we’ll get the ball rolling and see what the Hawks can do in 2015.”
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